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OzzY



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Help me!
Cant start Windows!
The computer keeps rebooting before Windows starts!
Im typing this from Puppy Linux Live CD (very handy in cases like this when Windows goes mad)
Any idea?
Should I try to reinstall Windows?

Thanks
Post 08 May 2007, 11:54
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Vasilev Vjacheslav



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try to boot in safe mode before

ps. and what software/drivers you installed in last week?
Post 08 May 2007, 12:30
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OzzY



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Solved after a system repair with the Windows CD.
It seems someone deleted some system file here.
Probably my sister, because she was using the PC yesterday.
Wow! I though it was some problem with my HD. I'm glad it was only software stuff. I'm thinking about buying new computer, but I still need this one until there! Razz

I'm thinking about installing Linux here.
I would backup the important documents, and install Linux.
I need a light-weight and easy distribution, so my sister won't complain that it's hard to use.
I was thinking about Ubuntu or Kubuntu.

I'm so used to Windows (I use it since I started using computers), but I'm also tired of looking at the same screen (start button and so on...).
But Linux seems to suit my needs better.
I only use the PC for internet surfing, programming, MSN chatting, listening to music and doing homework.
Ubuntu has it all with the default install!
Probably I won't need to install any new software, and I won't need an AV.
So, I'll probably end up with a smaller and lighter system.
Post 08 May 2007, 12:54
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OzzY



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I'll probably go with a dual boot installation (so my sister won't complain).
At least untill I teach her to use Linux (or buy a new computer)! Very Happy

I have 21,1GB space free in a 37,3GB HD. (I uninstalled all the not needed software and I'm still doing some clean up).
Do you think it's enough for a dual boot with Ubuntu?
Probably both partitions won't be filled with lots programs.
I really need to try Linux programming more.

What's your advice? How much space should I use for the Linux partition?
Post 08 May 2007, 13:02
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DustWolf



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OzzY wrote:
Probably I won't need to install any new software, and I won't need an AV.
So, I'll probably end up with a smaller and lighter system.


There are viruses for linux and I've seen the misterious ways in which they end up installed, so you might consider installing something. Avira (exAnti-vir) runs fine on linux (tho not the realtime scanner) it's free and covers about 95% of stuff, so consider installing that just in case.

OzzY wrote:
I have 21,1GB space free in a 37,3GB HD. (I uninstalled all the not needed software and I'm still doing some clean up).
Do you think it's enough for a dual boot with Ubuntu?
Probably both partitions won't be filled with lots programs.
I really need to try Linux programming more.

What's your advice? How much space should I use for the Linux partition?


Ubuntu will need about 4 GB tops for the system + a swap partition of proper size (about a gig?) + however much space you need for your own stuff. Linuxes and their software tend to be rather small and undemanding diskwise unless you want to have an SQL database, those take up another 4 GB just because.
Post 08 May 2007, 13:34
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vid
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Ozzy: If you want to understand better how GNU/linux systems work, reserve day or two, and try to install Gentoo. There is very good manual (Gentoo Handbook) available, and community is very helpful (IRC #gentoo on freenode).

Just by installing it (to point where you have working GUI), you will get nice insight into things, and it's not very hard.

You just need good network connection.
Post 08 May 2007, 16:00
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OzzY



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Thanks DustWolf for the answer!
Thanks vid for the comments! But I don't want to lose too much time configuring Linux. My idea is to first install and begin using it right way, later when I get more time I'll learn the lower level part of Linux.
So, for me it seems Ubuntu is best choice.
But I'm still in doubt if I install Ubuntu, Kubuntu or Xubuntu. I guess I'll ahve to try better the live CDs, but it seems Kubuntu runs faster because of KDE.
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